What are the Requirements to Ship a Dog?

What are the Requirements to Ship a Dog?

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Are you considering a move to another state or country?

Of course, if you have a dog, then you want to make sure that they travel in comfort and style while meeting all the necessary shipping requirements.

The cost to ship a dog will vary according to your pet’s size and your final destination.

Read on to get a better understanding of all that’s involved when you ship a dog to a new location.

1. Travel Kennel

Travel kennels, also called travel crates, can range from $50 to more than $250. This cost will depend on the size and breed of your dog. Make sure that they’re airline-approved.

Some companies offer airport-to-airport pet relocation and they recommend that you start crate training your dog as soon as possible.

The last thing that you want is for your dog to be uncomfortable and if they are flying solo, then they may end up being more than a little bit nervous.

Make sure to train them in the same travel kennel that you’ll be using for the actual relocation.

2. Veterinarian Visits

Before you make the big move, you’ll need to take your dog to the vet for a thorough health screening.

Dog relocation to another country could cost you more than $275 in vet bills due to pet import laws.

You’ll want to have blood tests done, a general health checkup, and any specific vaccinations that are required by the country or state you’re moving to.

You may have to get a health certificate for your dog so make sure that you check the requirements for your new country.

3. Airline Tickets

How much is it to ship a dog via airplane? Domestic moves can cost around $1,000 for larger dogs and $250 for smaller ones.

If you’re making an international move, be prepared to pay up to $3,000 for dog shipping.

Some airlines will request that you use a pet-transport company to make sure that all of the safety and shipping requirements are met.

The reason that airline tickets are so expensive is that the dogs have to be routed through airports that are pet-friendly.

You may be able to take a direct flight, but you’ll have to wait for your dog to go through several airports.

4. Import Permits and Customs Clearance

Now that you’ve taken care of getting the proper travel kennel, health certificates, and airline tickets, you’re ready to look into import permits and customs clearance to safely ship your dog to their final destination.

Your pet relocation costs may include import permits. Customs clearances and international shipping procedures will vary by country. It’s best to work with an experienced customs broker to make the process easier for you and your pet, ensuring that you have all the necessary paperwork and fees paid, such as tariffs, customs fees or taxes. A customs broker will be your liaison with the U.S. Customs Service.

It’s definitely worth it to use the services of a customs broker for man’s best friend.

Customs Clearance Experts Can Help Ship a Dog

Are you ready to make a move?

We can help you figure out the best way to get your dog to your new location. We have more than 30 years of experience working with customs. Send us an email and we’ll put you in touch with a licensed broker.

Atlanta Customs Brokers is one of the oldest and most trusted customs brokerage and shipping firms in Atlanta.  Established in 1985, our company has been a fixture in and around the Atlanta airport and Savannah port for more than 31 years.  We enjoy working with our international partners and enjoy what we do.  If you are a first-time importer or exporter or a large corporation, we can handle your needs.